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About the Event

Open to the Public

This is the Keynote Address for the September 2013 Butcher History Institute Weekend on The Creation of Liberal Democracy: Did It Happen in Philadelphia by Accident?  Though the rest of the weekend is exclusively for a select group of accepted high school teachers, FPRI will be opening up this lecture to the general public.

This lecture will be webcast live.:


A specialist in European intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries, Kors has won the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching and served for 6 years on the National Council for the Humanities. A champion of academic freedom, he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The other lectures from this conference will be streamed.

Webcast of Saturday session.

Webcast of Sunday Session.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19107


Free for Members of FPRI and Educators; $20 for Non-Members

Reservations are required. RSVP:

For more information contact 215 732 3774, ext 303 or


Alan Charles Kors

Alan Charles Kors - Alan Charles Kors is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in European intellectual history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.